ABC will finally switch its primary channel to HD in December, with a full schedule in HD by December 31st.
But the move comes six months after ABC initially pledged HD availability.
“We said we would be HD ready by mid year but we didn’t actually specify a time. We will make it just before the end of the year. We will be HD from December and the first major TV event in HD will be New Year’s Eve fireworks,” Richard Finlayson, Director of TV told TV Tonight.
ABC is mindful that it has many viewers who will need some technical advice as it switches to HD.
“There’s a rollout that will happen and a number of people will probably have to adjust their sets.
“We need to make sure that when we go HD it’s a service that can be accessed by all Australians.”
Once completed this will leave Seven viewers in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth as the only primary channel not available in High Definition.
Viewers will have to wait a little longer for iview to switch to HD.
“We’re working on it,” Finlayson said.
“It’s a project that’s on the list and we will get to it as soon as we can. It won’t be too far away.”